CIMA San José

Exterior view, CIMA Hospital San José

The 62-bed CIMA San José was the first Costa Rican hospital to be accredited by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health and is the only hospital in Central America accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. CIMA San José is also the first hospital in Latin America to receive accreditation under JCI's the new patient safety standards, scoring a 99.5 percent, one of the highest scores in Latin America.

Located in the elegant San José suburb of Escazú, CIMA boasts more than 170 physicians representing over 60 specialties; a complete imaging department, including open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), x-ray, ultrasound, and endoscopy; a full-service laboratory; and a 24-hour pharmacy. A sister hospital, CIMA Guanacaste, opened its doors in 2012, serving patients to the north.

CIMA's specialties include cardiology, orthopedic surgery, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, laparoscopic surgery, neurology, urology, ophthalmology, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). More than 400 breast augmentations and 500 arthroscopic procedures are performed annually at CIMA.

International patients contribute to more than 25% of CIMA's occupancy. Health travelers most often visit CIMA for cosmetic, eye, hip, and knee surgery, for which it reports some of the lowest prices in the country. The hospital received JCI accreditation in 2008 and was reaccredited in 2017. This American-owned hospital network also operates facilities throughout Mexico and Brazil.

I was picked up at the airport, taken to a nice hotel and I was treated with a tremendous level of courtesy and professionalism. It is entirely possible that I have received better care here than I would have in the US and I certainly received it a lot faster for better price. — Wendy, Texas, US

Country: Costa Rica

CIMA San José, Escazú, Costa Rica

Phone: +506 208.1068; +1 855 782.6253, US toll-free

Date Founded: 2000

Number of doctors: 500
Number of beds: 62

Last updated on 24 December 2017